Photography Challenge - Week 26

24 June - 30 June

Are you looking for some photography ideas to test your skills and get your creativity flowing? We’ve got 52 weeks of photography challenges to help inspire you. You can view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Still life photo of rubber ducks symbolising the effect of pollution on wildlife

Still Life

Still life, whether it be paintings or photography, is traditionally made up of inanimate objects arranged in a deliberate composition that often makes use of form, colour, texture, symbolism, light, and shadow.

Based on the traditional paintings, the art of still life photography dates back to the early 19th century, where photographers pushed the boundaries of this new visual medium, experimenting with composition, framing, texture and light. These images usually include symbolic meaning and often make use of props, purposely build sets and crafted scenes of inanimate objects.

This week’s challenge will allow you to push your photographic boundaries and explore everyday objects in a new, fascinating way. Consider what symbolism you can include in your imagery, what message you want to convey and what tools you can use to do this.

Work by photographers such as Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton and Edward Weston may provide some inspiration and the classes below may offer some useful information too.


  • Please rename your image file using your first and last name (e.g. Karl Taylor.jpg).
  • Only images uploaded using the form below will appear in the gallery.
  • Please upload no more than one image.
  • Uploaded images should be 3000px on the longest side.
  • Images can be posted in our members' Facebook group, but will not appear in the gallery unless also uploaded via the form.

Submit your image

Use the form below to submit your image for inclusion in the gallery
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  1. Can a Still Life be outdoors. Or does it have to be staged? Or is Outdoor still life regarded as Urban Landscape?

    1. Answer, Yes. According to a google search it could be a leaf floating on water. I ask you to accept my torn seat on a red tractor.

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